The best books for how Stoicism can help you with modern life

Who am I?

Ben Aldridge writes about practical philosophy, comfort zones, mental health, and adventure. His first book How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong Resilient Mindset is an exploration of unique ways to leave our comfort zones, face our fears and overcome our anxieties. Heavily influenced by Stoicism, Buddhism, Popular Psychology, and CBT, Ben's challenges encourage us to get uncomfortable and experience the personal growth that we can only gain from pushing ourselves to the limit.


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How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong, Resilient Mindset

By Ben Aldridge,

Book cover of How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong, Resilient Mindset

What is my book about?

After debilitating anxiety and panic attacks began to impact his daily life, Ben Aldridge decided to tackle his mental health issues in a creative way. His journey led him on a year of completing weird and wonderful challenges in the name of self-improvement. By deliberately leaving his comfort zone and enduring difficulties, Ben completely changed his life.

The books I picked & why

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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

By Ryan Holiday,

Book cover of The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

Why this book?

This was the first book that I ever read on Stoicism and it really got me into the philosophy. It’s a great overview of Stoicism in the modern world and shows us how we can turn obstacles into opportunities.


Meditations

By Marcus Aurelius, Martin Hammond (translator),

Book cover of Meditations

Why this book?

This is one of the most important books on Stoicism out there. Marcus Aurelius was the Roman Emperor from 161 AD to 180 AD and used Stoic philosophy to help him face many challenges and guide his decisions. It’s a quick read, packed with timeless wisdom.


Enchiridion

By George Long, Epictetus,

Book cover of Enchiridion

Why this book?

This book is an essential and compact guide to Stoicism by one of the greatest Stoic philosophers. It’s another quick read but filled with great content.


Letters from a Stoic

By Lucius Seneca, Robin Campbell (translator),

Book cover of Letters from a Stoic

Why this book?

Seneca’s letters are extremely practical and give some great solutions to problems that many of us face today. It’s incredible to think how long ago this book was written yet it still remains incredibly accessible to the modern reader.


A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

By William B Irvine,

Book cover of A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

Why this book?

This is a fantastic guide to Stoicism and has many great examples of Stoic philosophy in action. It has lots of useful history that makes it a good general read on the Stoics.


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